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The Sense of Taste: Mmm!



The Sense of Taste: Mmm!

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     challenging words:    meaty, savory, stuffy, umami, sense, enjoyable, actually, odor, buds, bitter, might, taste, send, tongue, different, percent


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The Sense of Taste: Mmm!
By Brandi Waters
  

1     The sense of taste might be the most enjoyable of the five senses. It turns the chore of eating into a joy! You taste the food that you put in your mouth using taste buds that cover your tongue. If you look closely at your tongue, you will see that it is not smooth. It is covered with tiny bumps. Inside most of them are taste buds. You have about ten thousand of them! Taste buds can only sense a few tastes: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. A new taste, called umami (OO-maw-me), has just been discovered. Umami is a meaty or savory taste.
 
2     Your taste buds can only sense five different tastes. How .....
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